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Username Post: What are good options for construction work? Best truck/van/SUV        (Topic#346111)
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07-20-17 06:25 AM - Post#2700688    

Hi everyone. What would be the best option for driving to a construction job everyday? I'm looking for most importantly trunk space and miles per gallon. Of course it has to be Chevy. lol I thought about a Astro van but I'd like a little better gas mileage. Then I thought about the Colorado but I also like enclosed trunk space. I don't know much about the traverse or equinox. Of course the vehicle should be pretty decent in driving on gravel and such. I'm not driving through the wilderness so that's not too important. money isn't too much of an issue though it will be used for work so I don't want anything new. All in all I need space to put my tools and keep them safe and I drive pretty far between job sites sometimes 2 Jobsites in a day depending on the progress of each job. Please any opinions and information is appreciated

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07-20-17 07:00 AM - Post#2700691    
    In response to Anthony_1856

Welcome Anthony,

I'd say an older model Suburban would make a great work truck but if your tools are of any real value, someone may just break out a window so they can get in to swipe them.

A fullsize panel van like a Chevy Express / GMC Savana might be the ticket; just get one without all those extra windows, and get a nice "van lock" round disc lock/bracket setup for the rear door to help deter at least the amateur thieves.

These vans are every bit as tough as the fullsize trucks and they have them in 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton, and 1 ton versions.


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07-20-17 07:42 AM - Post#2700696    
    In response to someotherguy

Thank you. But how is the gas mileage on those? I travel a lot to get to jobs mostly

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07-20-17 11:51 AM - Post#2700728    
    In response to Anthony_1856

Without knowing your trade there's no way to know what sort of tools you use and how much room you need to carry them around.

In general it's hard to beat an extended or crew cab pickup. Room for a lot of tools in the back of the cab and a pickup bed for big loads. There is also the option of putting a cap on the box for additional storage, protection and security.

There are always a lot of two wheel drive pickups to chose from some with better gas mileage than others but I would rather spend more on gas and have the ability to "Step on it" when necessary.

Four wheel drive can be worth the extra money for some if they drive in winter weather and on bad roads which are fairly common around construction sites. No work no pay. A four wheel might get you to the job site when a two wheel won't.

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07-20-17 12:08 PM - Post#2700730    
    In response to Lorence

I'm a glazer so mostly had tools. Nothing big for the most part. Biggest tool I may use is a hammer drill. But it would be nice to have everything organized and easily accessible if I need to go back and grab anything. That's why I like the idea of something like an Astro van maybe take any seats out the back and ideally no windows on the side. I think gas will be the most important thing I'm looking at. I don't need to haul anything. Any models in mind that are good on gas and have plenty room to organize my tools in the rear/trunk area?

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07-20-17 01:26 PM - Post#2700736    
    In response to Anthony_1856

If you are worried about mpg I would not do a astro van
Find a small 4cyl s10 or colorado
Or buy something other then a chevy
We switched from astros to caravans and fuel usage down by ~30% and I went from 190hp to 280+
Only down fall is drifting a fwd is harder

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07-20-17 02:58 PM - Post#2700745    
    In response to 2plus2

My co worker mentioned a s10. Maybe I'll check into that. Yea it's really going to be about miles per gallon and space for my tools as well as keeping them organized. Thank you

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07-22-17 12:46 PM - Post#2700954    
    In response to Anthony_1856


We had a Lumina Van on our GPS survey team and it worked out well. They (A&E dept) put a screen behind the front seats to prevent getting tools etc thrown forward in a panic stop.
Some crews got Pontiac Montana Vans (different model years).

Our GPS gear was less then 500 lbs. but some was bulky and up to 3 meters in length. The sliding side door made is a lot more convenient to work out off than a pickup.

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07-27-17 09:58 AM - Post#2701651    
    In response to elcamino

Although it is not a Chevy, I highly recommend a Dodge Grand Caravan for your purpose. They get like 30mpg on the highway, no joke! I was amazed how good the MPG was when I rented one for a business trip from GA to NJ. All of the rear seats fold flat for massive floor space storage. It also was very comfortable to drive in for long trips.

Who cares what brand you drive for work.

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